Since the outbreak began, as of 02 April, more than 900,000 cases and over 45,000 deaths have been reported globally. Confirmed cases have been reported in 205 countries/territories/areas, with new cases and countries reporting daily. The total number of restrictions issued has increased from 43,781 restrictions on 01 April 2020 to 44,397 restrictions on 02 April 2020 with 616 new restrictions issued in one day, making it overall the second lowest daily increase of mobility restrictions since the monitoring began.
Despite the many restrictions on movement, recent trends have included significant returns of migrant workers including internal and cross-border migrants from urban areas towards provincial areas or to home countries in response to public health measures or fears over COVID-19 transmission.
As part of the global HRP launch, the UN's Emergency Coordinator announced a $60 million USD Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocation to UN agencies, including IOM. IOM continues to support ministries, border authorities, partners, and people on the move to enhance preparedness at prioritized points of entry, include screening, awareness-raising, and flow monitoring. IOM is adjusting its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease, ensuring the continuity of operations and accountability to the people it serves.
On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency Committee declared the illness known as COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March declared it a pandemic.
Do you want to give back but don't know where to start? Is there a cause you feel passionate about but don't feel like you can make a difference? Don't worry. You're not alone. Many of us have faced these same dilemmas and doubts when we first consider engaging as development actors but the important thing is to start and be willing to learn along the way and IOM's Diaspora Quick Start Guide is just the thing to help you overcome that initial uncertainty and start you on your way to making a real impact on peoples lives.
IOM in partnership with UNCTAD and UNHCR will host a photo exhibition at the Global Entrepreneurship Week that visualizes the contributions of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs to their host and origin countries.
Migrants and diaspora communities are recognized for their invaluable role in society due to their rich cultural contributions, diverse voices, and their economic contributions to the countries they live in and come from, including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and innovations. iDiaspora provides a platform to share your voice, to gain knowledge, and to engage with the global community committed to the importance of diaspora.
Diaspora engagement has to potential to become a practice of choice for the public and private sector. We need to narrow the gaps in connectivity, knowledge and opportunity between these sectors to realize this potential. I sense iDiaspora is an important step-change in this journey and is a platform I look forward to seeing flourish.
~ Martin Russel, co-founder of the forthcoming DiasporaLab
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